Meet the team behind Live Smoke Free!
Kara Skahen has almost a decade of experience working on housing, environmental health, and health equity issues. Since 2011 she has worked with the Live Smoke Free team to promote, implement, and sustain smoke-free housing initiatives both locally and nationwide. She was inspired to enter this field after seeing the devastating impact involuntary secondhand smoke exposure had on her family members and clients. Kara brings a social work and policy background to Live Smoke Free, and values partnering with residents, resident service providers, public health professionals, and the housing industry to support positive, health-focused policy change. She is passionate about environmental health equity issues and also serves on the Richfield Advisory Board of Health and Environmental Issues Committee. In her spare time she loves to Irish dance, bike, read, and hike with her dog Mabel. Kara currently serves as Program Director.
Assistant Program Director
Jackie joined the Live Smoke Free team in 2014 with a background in property management and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota. Her motivation for tobacco control comes from personal experience with smoke-free housing issues and loved ones lost to tobacco. As Assistant Program Director for Live Smoke Free she works with local and national stakeholders, such as renters, homeowners, property managers, property owners, and public health advocates, to educate decision makers and promote smoke-free housing. Jackie’s work involves project planning and management, budgeting, public speaking, and evaluation. She collaborates with the Live Smoke Free team to create new and up-to-date resources and educational tools. Jackie also manages Live Smoke Free communications including the quarterly newsletters, social media, and website content. Inside her office you will find a variety of cacti and vining plants. Outside of the office, Jackie is the part-time onsite property manager at her 23-unit apartment building in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In her spare time Jackie enjoys running, biking, art festivals, and cats.
Program & Community Outreach Coordinator
Jack Ayim, MS works with the Live Smoke Free program as a Program & Community Outreach Coordinator. In this role, Jack works in the field of tobacco prevention and as a community outreach coordinator on a variety of projects such as promoting smoke-free multi-unit housing in Minnesota, focus on policy work and youth and young adult tobacco prevention. He also develops and manages databases for ANSRMN, and skilled at coordinating community partners and contractors using strong cross-cultural partnership building skills. He has over 9 years extensive experience working with statewide and local community agencies/coalitions from various ethnic communities and priority populations in Minnesota to advocated for policies that would restrict tobacco point of sale and use of tobacco products. While out of office, Jack likes to watch TED talks and listen to BBC World Service science in action podcast, and BBC World Service Discovery podcast.
Tobacco Policy Outreach Specialist
Rose Hauge is a Tobacco Policy Outreach Specialist for the Association for Nonsmokers – Minnesota (ANSR and for the past 20 years she has been involved in Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug prevention work. Nine of those years have been dedicated specifically to Tobacco Control and Prevention including community coalition building and coordination. She is also a trained and experienced Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Since 2014 Rose has worked for ANSR and the Live Smoke Free program assisting property management companies, managers, and renters/owners of multi-unit housing in Hennepin County suburbs in the promotion, development, implementation and enforcement of smoke-free policies.
When Rose isn’t at work, she spends time with family and friends and especially enjoys visiting her sons. She loves crafting, walking, going to live theater, volunteering at the local nature center, and traveling.